Pac-10 power rankings: Week 2

September, 7, 2010
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Some movement after Week 1. To paraphrase Lane Kiffin: If you don't like where you are in the power rankings, play better.

1. Oregon: New Mexico isn't very good, but the Lobos' badness doesn't completely account for 72-zip and 720 total yards. The Ducks look athletic and poised on both sides of the ball. Now let's see how they handle a tough road test against Tennessee.

2. Arizona: The Wildcats answered a lot of questions with a 41-2 win at Toledo. They'd put an exclamation point on those answers if they can beat Iowa when it visits on Sept. 18.

3. Oregon State: The Beavers don't go down because they lost on the road to the nation's No. 6 team. Still, the run defense has to be a concern.

4. Stanford: We learned nothing from the Sacramento State game -- we already knew Andrew Luck was a good quarterback. The visit to UCLA should be more revealing.

5. USC: The Trojans offense looked great, the defense pitiful at Hawaii. It wasn't supposed to be like that. Wonder if the defense will redeem itself Saturday in front of the home fans against Virginia?

6. California: The biggest news from the easy win against UC Davis is that freshman receiver Keenan Allen is as advertised. Colorado will be a far better test for the Bears.

7. Washington: The Huskies went to BYU to throw down the gauntlet on their return to relevance. Didn't happen, though it might turn out that BYU is pretty good. The Huskies must avoid a letdown this week against a Syracuse team that is capable of beating them.

8. Arizona State: While whipping Portland State means nothing, and doing the same to Northern Arizona won't either, there was enough on the field last Saturday -- most particularly better offense with quarterback Steven Threet -- to suggest reasons for hope for beleaguered Sun Devils fans.

9. UCLA: The offense wasn't good. The defense wasn't good. Kansas State probably isn't very good. And with this schedule -- Stanford, Houston and Texas over the next three weeks -- the Bruins need to get good fast.

10. Washington State: Those who expected significant signs of WSU improvement at Oklahoma State -- a group that included me -- were surprised by how bad the Cougars looked. A home loss against Montana State, an FCS team, on Saturday likely would ignite "Paul Wulff on the hot seat" talk in earnest.

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